April 15-21 is National Volunteer Appreciation Week. As Mayor, I recognize the invaluable contributions our volunteers make to our city. They perform essential and fulfilling work that benefits our community. Volunteers serve on boards and commissions and work in numerous departments throughout the City. We have volunteer opportunities at City Hall, Daley Ranch, the Library, Police and Fire, the Sports Center, the Joslyn Center and the Center for the Arts.

The Library has one of the largest groups of committed volunteers in the City. They support library activities and services by conducting children’s’ story time and many other programs. Library volunteers apply their technical and educational expertise as computer trainers and literacy tutors. The Friends of the Library are a dedicated group who operate the book store. There are many other volunteers who help in so many ways with daily operations.

The Library holds an annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon to honor these contributions. This past year, 242 volunteers and interns supported library programs and operations for a total of 34,469 hours. According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, this equals $807,264 worth of community service! Our City is truly privileged to have such dedicated volunteers who give so much.